Al-Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP) recently announced support for the Islamic State, the Yemen Times reported. This puts the two most dangerous terrorist groups in the world in solidarity with each other.
A statement from the al-Qaeda group read: “We announce solidarity with our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the crusade. Their blood and injuries are ours and we will surely support them. We stand by the side of our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the American and Iranian conspiracy and their agents of the apostate Gulf rulers.”
The statement did not just express solidarity, though. It also offered specific techniques that the Islamic State could use to avoid airstrikes like the ones Obama ordered:
Based on our experience with drones, we advise our brothers in Iraq to be cautious about spies among them because they are a key factor in setting goals; be cautious about dealing with cellphones and internet networks; do not gather in large numbers or move in large convoys; spread in farms or hide under trees in the case of loud humming of warplanes; and dig sophisticated trenches because they reduce the impact of shelling.
This show of support is especially important considering that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri disavowed ISIS last year. ISIS leader al-Baghdadi had previously made an attempt to unite al-Qaeda elements under his leadership in the war against the Syrian government.
Now, though, the leading al-Qaeda group has announced solidarity with the Islamic State.
What do you think? How worrisome is this new declaration of solidarity between the world’s two leading terrorist groups?
h/t: CNS News
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